As part of our Legendary Rivalries series, we take you to one of the most recent ones between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
Even though we already included Pep Guardiola in our Legendary Rivalries series, we knew that he needed to be included in a second entry next to Jurgen Klopp.
The Catalan manager took the world by surprise with his mesmerizing first managerial experience at FC Barcelona, that’s where he gifted us with his unforgettable rivalry against Jose Mourinho.
But Pep’s greatness has moved forward throughout a whole decade and he needed more worthy adversaries, he found another one in Germany.
During his time as the Bayern Munich manager, Pep encountered an unusually talented coach in Jurgen Klopp.
A former German player who always thought outside the box with his methods, somebody who could finally stand up to Pep’s brilliance in the Bundesliga.
Although the Catalan manager had the upper hand with all of his rivals, this doesn’t mean that people like Jurgen Klopp can’t win a few direct confrontations every now and then.
They for very cozy with each other in Germany with Pep winning all the Bundesliga titles during his time there, but Klopp taking a couple of German Supercups from the Catalan coach.
Finals is where Jurgen found that he could actually beat Guardiola’s style, for he hasn’t been able to defeat him during long league competitions.
🗣 Klopp: “He handed me his phone. I looked at the phone screen and it said ‘Pep’.
“100% I thought it was my Pep, Pep Lijnders! I thought ‘okay, that’s odd’. It was only when I started speaking that I realised it was the other Pep – Guardiola!”
— Goal (@goal) August 3, 2019
Klopp moves to England, Pep follows suit.
As Liverpool was trying to find the ideal man to take the new project forward, Fenway Sports Group saw in Klopp something they didn’t find in any other manager.
The German coach arrived during the summer of 2015 with a clear head and some crazy ideas that he was eager to implement.
Guardiola knew that England was where football would dominate for the next decade, he obviously wanted a piece of that pie.
It took Pep only a year to make his decision to leave Germany and try his luck in the English Premier League.
Although he struggled to teach all his concepts to the players at first, the man won the Premier League on his second year.
And through that time, Guardiola himself confessed that the most complicated rival he’s ever faced is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Even though he has won the last two Premier League titles with the Citizens, he’s always had to struggle with the Reds in the UEFA Champions League.
During Pep’s second year, the Reds humbled his players in the knock-out stage.
Klopp also won the one title that Guardiola craves during his third season, this amps up the rivalry to eleven and we’ll have an even more thrilling year between these two managers.
It’s safe to say that these two are the best in the world right now.
The Best Men’s Coach finalists…
and it’s a full Premier League contingent:
⚽️ Pep Guardiola – Manchester City
⚽️ Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool
⚽️ Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 2, 2019
A good-spirited rivalry.
Something that sets apart this Legendary Rivalries series from other coaches, is the good spirit that these two coaches have.
Unlike Mourinho vs Pep or Ferguson vs Wenger, Klopp and Guardiola always praise each other when they can.
These are two of the greatest managers in recent history, and they have nothing but respect for their trade.
Both of them know that anybody can emerge victorious after a full season, their sportsmanship is one of the reasons football can be truly mesmerizing.
That anecdote after Klopp won the UEFA Champions League against Tottenham is truly memorable, the time he explained that Guardiola called him on the phone to congratulate him.
No matter how much they succeed, the banter between the two will always remain. We can be sure that these managers will always promise to kick each other’s ass throughout the season, but always in good spirits.
This is what a rivalry should be about, we don’t like it when there is bad blood between foes.
We understand that people like it when things get more confrontational, but we prefer it when respect in sports reigns above anything else.
The best part of this Legendary Rivalry is that we are barely getting started with it.
Guardiola and Klopp’s understanding of the each other’s strengths began in the Bundesliga in 2013/14; and its effects are still being played out today in the Premier League.
— Tifo Football (@TifoFootball_) September 20, 2019
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